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INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE

SISU-330
Topics in National Security and Foreign Policy (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics including U.S. defense politics, transnational security challenges, national security and proliferation, and critical global challenges. May be taken A-F only. Prerequisite: SISU-206 and SISU-230.

SISU-330
002
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in National Security and Foreign Policy (3)

North Korea and International Security

This course investigates the nuclear crises and proliferation on the Korean peninsula. The focus is to understand the conceptual and theoretical issues of international security in the context of ongoing debates about North Korea. The course divides roughly into three sections, first examining sources of North Korean foreign policy at the individual, domestic, and international levels of analysis and looking into the legacies of Japanese colonialism and of the Cold War on the making of North Korean state, society, and economy today, the personal cult of the Kim family, and the Juche belief system. The second section investigates the many ways in which the international efforts to deal with Pyongyang since the 1990s have changed regional actors' calculations about their own conception of national security, examining Pyongyang's relations vis-a-vis the United States, South Korea, China, and Japan and evaluating the effectiveness of the Six Party Talks, the Sunshine Policy, and the UN Security Council sanctions, among other measures. The third section examines non-traditional security issues such as North Korean human rights issues and explores the question of unification of the two Koreas and implications of the generational succession to Kim Jong-Un.

SISU-330
003
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in National Security and Foreign Policy (3)

U.S.-Israel Relations

This course explores the evolution of U.S. relations with Israel, from the establishment of the Jewish state in 1948 to the present day. Along the way, it examines key milestones in U.S.-Israel relations, beginning with President Truman's controversial decision to buck the U.S. foreign policy establishment and formally recognize the state of Israel; the wartime American airlift in 1973; the U.S. role in Arab-Israeli peacemaking, from Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's shuttle diplomacy to the two Camp David summits and beyond; and the U.S. role in providing military, economic, and diplomatic aid to the Jewish state. The course analyzes how a combination of sentimental, political, and strategic factors have led to the formation of a wholly unique bilateral relationship characterized at once by both tight bonds and inherent tensions.

SISU-330
001
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in National Security and Foreign Policy (3)

U.S.-Israel Relations

This course explores the evolution of U.S. relations with Israel, from the establishment of the Jewish state in 1948 to the present day. Along the way, it examines key milestones in U.S.-Israel relations, beginning with President Truman's controversial decision to buck the U.S. foreign policy establishment and formally recognize the state of Israel; the wartime American airlift in 1973; the U.S. role in Arab-Israeli peacemaking, from Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's shuttle diplomacy to the two Camp David summits and beyond; and the U.S. role in providing military, economic, and diplomatic aid to the Jewish state. The course analyzes how combinations of sentimental, political and strategic factors have led to the formation of a wholly unique bilateral relationship characterized at once by both tight bonds and inherent tensions.

SISU-330
002
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in National Security and Foreign Policy (3)

Israeli Foreign Policy 1948-2015

Israeli foreign policy is at a crossroads as the world is witnessing a realignment of the great powers (United States, China, and Russia) while the political landscape of the Middle East is rapidly changing. Israeli foreign policy needs to adapt to the new global and regional realities as it faces its strategic challenges. This course reviews the history and evolution of Israel's foreign policy, examines the principles that have governed it in times of war and times of peace, and analyzes challenges facing Israel globally, regionally, and bilaterally. The course analyzes major trends and developments in Israel's relations with not only its neighbors, but the European Union, Eastern Mediterranean nations, the United Nations, Russia and the former Soviet Bloc, East Asia with an emphasis on China and India, Africa, and Latin America, and how Israeli diplomacy copes with changes in an effort to advance Israel's strategic goals.